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Thomas D’Arcy McGee 11th Annual Summer School Day 1

 

Thomas D’Arcy McGee 11th Annual Summer School

Carlingford Heritage Centre, Carlingford, Co Louth

August 31st – September 1st

 

Theme:   Celebrating the Politics of Difference – The Relevance of McGee in Europe under Assault

 

The Thomas D’Arcy McGee Annual Summer School is back onsite in the idyllic setting of Carlingford Heritage centre.  East meets West every summer at the Summer School where issues of contemporary politics are debated in the historic context of McGee and his pioneering views on multiculturalism, ethnicity and accommodation.  The Summer School has established itself as a popular forum for politicians, government ministers, ambassadors, academics, historians and community activists to exchange views and seek direction.

This year, as war rages in Eastern Europe, the pressing issues of ethnicity, conflict and resolution still dominate global discourse.  The framework for governance and the lasting peace established under the Good Friday Agreement have never been more important as Brexit challenges the European project.  The 2022 Summer School looks through the perspective of D’Arcy McGee to understand better the significance of these current events as we bring together great minds and thinkers and activists from across Ireland, Europe and Canada to promoting dialogue and reconciliation.  Through a range of keynote and panel sessions, we are delighted to welcome back to Carlingford old favourites and present new voices drawn from the academic, diplomatic, political and social fields who will share thoughts and perspectives on how past lessons can inform the creation of peaceful, lasting and just solutions to contemporary issues.

A range of networking opportunities throughout the conference allow participants to enjoy the charms of this historic town, establish new friendships and copper fasten old ones.

Programme Day 1 – August 31st 1.30pm

Opening address – Dr. Michael Mulvey

Speakers:

1.50pm – 2.30pm       Professor David Wilson, University of Toronto (online)

 

2.30pm – 3.15pm       Bobby McDonagh, Former Irish Ambassador to the European Union and the

United Kingdom.    The European Union: Identity, Challenges and Truth

 

3.15pm – 3.30pm         HE Larysa Gerasko, Ukrainian Ambassador to Ireland

 

3.30pm – 4pm              Tea/Coffee

4pm – 4.50pm              Panel:  Reflections upon 25 years since the Good Friday Agreement and

                                       European Dimension

Moderated by Tommy Sands – The Songman

Jackie McDonald – Spokesperson – South Belfast Ulster Political Research   Group

Sean Murray – Special Adviser Sinn Féin and Community Activist

4.50pm – 5.30pm         General (Retired) John De Chastelain (online) – Reflections

 

Evening

6pm – 7.15pm             Reception at the station House and Irish Canadian International Person of the

Year Award Presentation

Carlingford Pipe Band

Altnaveigh Memorial Pipe Band

9pm                            “Songs and Stories” with Len Graham and Jack Lynch

 

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